Poesy plus Polemics

"Cherry Blossom Tree" Illustration by unspoken411 From “Cherry Blossom Tree”
Illustration by unspoken411

(Regarding Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”)

succulent orbs
all at once
sweet and sour
in serfdom
of orchards
both comic
and tragic
hardwood soft
with pink
disturbed by
white frost
warm affections
confuse cold
the arrival of
lonely departure
attuned to sharp
crack of the axe

idealism faced
with futility
harvesting change
mimetic of
social upheaval
a clash of passé
brittle intellect
stoic pragmatic
with uncertain
interlude leading
toward no one
particular vision
of what could
emerge from
the arable soil
of rich discontent
the ‘new man’

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